Director Luc Besson came to this year’s Comic-Con hoping to drum up early buzz for his first sci-fi outing in over a decade, “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.” After screening seven minutes of eye-popping footage from the film for the crowd in Hall H, it seems safe to say he accomplished just that.
An audacious, hugely ambitious $180-million passion project based on a long-running French comic book series that’s not well known outside of Europe, “Valerian” stars Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne as a pair of interstellar secret agents. Part espionage adventure, part love story, it’s like “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” in space, with a considerable helping of wry comedy and lots of bizarre-looking aliens.
As gonzo as you’d expect from the director of “The Fifth Element," the fast-paced footage showcased a variety of vivid, sometimes psychedelic sci-fi environments — a desert planet, a vast space station, an interstellar nightclub (with Rihanna as a singer and Ethan Hawke as evidently some kind of sleazy club promoter) — and a slew of the more than 200 bizarre alien species featured in the film. The centerpiece, a chase sequence involving one of those alien creatures, played like a cross between “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “Star Wars.”
The CW, which has the most impressive TV block of comic book fodder, unleashed back-to-back-to-back-to-back panels late Saturday at Comic-Con for "Supergirl," "Legends of Tomorrow," "The Flash" and "Arrow.” Each bright beacon of genre fare brought with it a bit of information, a couple of clips or teases and a lot of silly.
Find out who (or what) is in the "Supergirl" alien pod!
The San Diego Comic-Con is a gathering founded on, and fueled by, love. The only way to nurture a convention like this for 46 years, to get people to make an annual pilgrimage from around the world, is with a shared affection.
And yet, sometimes, Comic-Con can make it hard to feel that love.
The bigger Comic-Con gets, the harder it is to navigate, and the more difficult it is for me to find that love at its core.
If Warner Bros. came into this year’s Comic-Con with the goal of resetting (and lightening the mood of) its DC superhero slate after the disappointment of “Batman v Superman,” the Marvel Studios panel Saturday showed Marvel making its own kind of change-up.
For the first time in years, this was a Marvel rollout with no Iron Man, no Captain America, no Black Widow and no Hulk. Instead, Marvel pushed further into its third phase of big-screen comic-book world-building.
Watch Rebecca Sugar perform the ending theme from "Steven Universe" at the show's panel at Comic-Con in San Diego.
“Steven Universe” is known for many things: charm, inclusive storytelling, oddball fantasy plots, various gemstones and its absolutely excellent, original soundtrack. At Comic-Con that world came alive for one day only, and we've got plenty of footage from the truly special performance.
Here's show creator Rebecca Sugar singing the full end credit theme which they only use segments of for the show, and it changes per season.
Tired of gritty, real life superhero movies where the villains and heroes are merely vague nods to their comic book counterparts? Then you're going to love the concept art from "Spider-Man: Homecoming."
Sony just dropped concept art of the next Spider-Man villain The Vulture, and he looks like he was ripped right out of the comic books.
If you weren't in San Diego with the thousands of screaming Hall H fans, never fear the whole Spider-Man panel has been uploaded for your viewing pleasure (minus the special footage sadly).
Watch the Hall H presentation at San Diego Comic-Con for 'Spider-Man: Homecoming.'
BBC America debuted the first trailer for "Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency" at the show's Comic-Con presentation on Saturday.
What exactly is a "Holistic Detective Agency"?
Well, according to Elijah Wood's character, Todd, Dirk Gently (played by Samuel Barnett) is "a detective who doesn't find clues." Gently is a detective who prefers to look at the whole, interconnected picture of everything.